Entry guidelines

Our entry guidelines are designed to ensure you start your ABE qualification at the right level to successfully complete the programme.

Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-up

No formal entry requirements are required but a reasonable standard of English will be needed in order to complete the assignment.

Level 4 Diploma

A learner wishing to gain entry onto an ABE Level 4  qualification should have completed compulsory school education and should be able to demonstrate competence in English language (if English is not your primary language) by attainment of one of the following (or equivalent):

  • Minimum IELTS 5.5
  • LCCI English for Business (EFB) Level 1 or 2
  • Pitman/City & Guilds English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or English for Business Communication

Level 5 Diploma

A learner wishing to gain entry onto a Level 5 ABE qualification should have one of the following entry qualifications or work experience:

Qualifications   Work experience
To gain entry onto a Level 5 ABE qualification you should have a:

- Level 4 ABE qualification (students must have passed at least 2 units before being eligible to begin the Level 5)

or

- Any other Level 4 qualification in a business and related discipline, for example:

- BTEC National Diploma

- NVQs

- Access to Higher Education Certificate

- Equivalent international qualifications from a recognised body
or To gain entry onto a Level 5 ABE qualification you should have:

- Evidence of at least two years in employment in a relevant industry at supervisory level

and should be able to demonstrate competence in English language (if English is not your primary language) by attainment of one of the following (or equivalent):

  • Minimum IELTS 5.5
  • LCCI English for Business (EFB) Level 1 or 2
  • Pitman/City & Guilds English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or English for Business Communication

Level 6 Diploma

A learner wishing to gain entry onto a Level 6 ABE qualification should have one of the following entry qualifications or work experience:

Qualifications   Work experience
To gain entry onto a Level 6 ABE qualification you should have a:

Level 5 ABE qualification

or

Any other Level 5 qualification in a related subject, for example:

- One or two years’ study of Business, Management or related qualifications at a Higher Education Institution

- BTEC

- HND/HNC

- NVQs

- Equivalent international qualifications from a recognised body
or To gain entry onto a Level 6 ABE qualification you should have:

-Evidence of at least three years in employment in a relevant industry with managerial responsibilities

and should be able to demonstrate competence in English language (if English is not your primary language) by attainment of one of the following (or equivalent):

  • Minimum IELTS 5.5
  • LCCI English for Business (EFB) Level 1 or 2
  • Pitman/City & Guilds English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or English for Business Communication

Level 7 Diploma - no longer open to new registrations

A learner wishing to gain entry onto a Level 7 ABE qualification should have one of the following entry qualifications or work experience:

Qualifications   Work experience
To gain entry onto a Level 7 ABE qualification you should have a:

Level 6 ABE qualification

or

Bachelors (Honours) degree in Business, Management or related subjects

or

Any other Level 6 equivalent qualification in a related subject, for example:

- BTEC

- Graduate certificate

- Graduate diploma
or To gain entry onto a Level 7 ABE qualification you should have:

-Evidence of at least 5 years in employment in a relevant industry at management level

and should be able to demonstrate competence in English language (if English is not your primary language) by attainment of the following (or equivalent):

  • Minimum IELTS 5.5
  • LCCI English for Business (EFB) Level 1 or 2
  • Pitman/City & Guilds English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or English for Business Communication

Exemptions

Exemptions from Level 4, 5 or 6 Diploma subjects may be granted to holders of qualifications of certain other professional bodies, provided that such qualifications have been obtained by external examination. Note that no exemptions are available in the Level 7 Diploma.

All applications for exemptions must be supported by acceptable documentary evidence (in English) of the qualification(s) and the grade or standard attained. Any exemptions granted will be confirmed in writing.

How to apply for an exemption

Existing ABE students

Please complete the exemption form in the Members Area and return it to ABE along with copies of your qualifications, certificates and transcripts.

No exemptions will be granted from any units previously failed in the ABE examinations.

New students

If you wish to find out if there are exemptions available to you before you register, please email us attaching copies of your qualifications. Don't forget your contact details so we can get back to you.

If you wish to check your level of entry you can email us with scanned copies of your highest qualifications. Alternatively your local ABE accredited college or centre will be able advise you.